U.S. leadership on global hunger and food security has been instrumental in raising additional resources and reversing decades of falling agriculture funding. The G-8 summit is a key upcoming opportunity.
Gender inequality is linked to higher rates of child mortality and malnutrition. Improvements in women’s access to resources, education, and ability to make independent decisions are critical to nutrition.
Good nutrition in early childhood is critical to human health and development. Increased global efforts on child nutrition reflects more consensus on a set of evidence-based, cost-effective nutrition actions.
Reducing malnutrition in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and age 2 is critical. The United States, the largest provider of food aid, can improve its quality and better reach malnourished women and children.
Is aid being delivered in a more effective way? Experience shows that the principles of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action are important to development and should be more fully implemented.
Nearly three-fourths of all U.S.-hired farm workers are immigrants, most unauthorized. They fill low-wage jobs that citizens are reluctant to take. U.S. fruit and vegetable production depends heavily on them.
U.S. farm policies should encourage production of healthy foods. National nutrition programs should do more to ensure that people living in poverty have access to the foods they need for health and learning.